A nonprofit collective housing like-missioned initiatives for land, food, people, and place.
Our mission is to cultivate collective action for an economically sustainable, socially equitable, and environmentally sound local food system.
“What makes me look forward to getting up in the early mornings to work in the garden is that I’m constantly gaining a deeper appreciation of the interplay of different forms of life – in the past, when I looked at a plant I would see just the plant … Now, I am able to take in the bigger picture – the soil and what’s in it, the weather, the sun, the insects, the worms and even the ‘dead’ matter!”
- Shane Wu, committed volunteer
Memphis has done an amazing job of launching innovative projects, programs, and small nonprofit organizations to address food system issues, but it was time for us to come together to collectively address the systemic issues in creating a sustainable change in our community. As a collective larger nonprofit, we can leverage our assets to better manage and support these much needed programs and initiatives.
2015: Memphis Tilth chartered
2016: GrowMemphis and Urban Farms Memphis dissolved and became programs of Memphis Tilth
2016: The Memphis Center for Food and Faith along with Christian Brothers University launched the Memphis Tilth, Food and Faith Initiative
2017: Bring It Food Hub dissolved and joined Memphis Tilth as a program
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved in urban agriculture. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. We’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school with the company of an adult. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.